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Silverstone WEC: Conway fastest for Toyota, Senna has heavy crash

Toyota Silverstone WEC 2018

Toyota driver Mike Conway set the fastest time in first practice for this weekend's Silverstone World Endurance Championship round in a session disrupted by two red flags.

Conway's best time of 1m39.916s in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid came shortly after the first red flag period, caused by Bruno Senna's heavy crash at Copse in the #1 Rebellion R-13.

Senna was reportedly able to get out of the car unaided but was taken to the medical centre for checks.

After a half-hour delay, the session resumed with 15 minutes added to make up for the lost running, but a second stoppage was caused when the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 dumped oil on track at the Loop.

Sebastien Buemi set the best time in the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning #8 Toyota he shares with Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima, a 1m40.191s lap, in the early part of the session to make it a one-two for the Japanese marque.

Best of the LMP1 privateers was the #3 Rebellion with Gustavo Menezes posting the car's best effort, which was 1.027s adrift of Conway.

The stricken #1 car driven by Senna was 3.2s off the pace in fourth shortly before his accident.

One-time Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button was quickest of the SMP Racing drivers and set a 1m40.176s lap in the #11 BR Engineering BR1, which is running in high-downforce spec for the first time this season.

Egor Orudzhev was sixth in the #17 BR1 ahead of Ben Hanley in the #10 DragonSpeed BR1 and Oliver Webb in the #4 ENSO CLM before its problems.

TDS ORECA Silverstone WEC 2018

LMP2 was led by Audi DTM driver Loic Duval, who set a 1m46.122s lap in the #28 TDS Racing ORECA to go seven tenths clear of the opposition led by GP3 racer Gabriel Aubry in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car.

Third in class was the points-leading #36 Signatech Alpine with Andre Negrao at the wheel.

Ford's pair of Chip Ganassi Racing-run GTs led the way in GTE Pro, with Olivier Pla setting the best time in class with a 1m57.166s lap shortly after the first red flag to put the #66 car ahead of Andy Priaulx's #67 machine by 0.671s.

Third was the quicker of the two Porsches, the #91 machine of Gianmaria Bruni, followed by the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE.

Fresh from a Balance of Performance boost in the run-up to Silverstone, Aston Martin's two Vantage GTEs were sixth and seventh-fastest, while the two MTEK-run BMW M8 GTEs brought up the rear in ninth and 10th.

Porsche held sway in GTE Am with Matteo Cairoli setting the best lap of 1m59.418s in the #88 Dempsey-Proton car.

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FP1 times

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m39.916s-24
2LMP1S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.AlonsoToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m40.191s0.275s27
3LMP1M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.MenezesRebellion RacingRebellion/Gibson1m40.943s1.027s20
4LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.SennaRebellion RacingRebellion/Gibson1m43.155s3.239s4
5LMP1M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.ButtonSMP RacingBR Engineering/AER1m43.176s3.260s17
6LMP1S.Sarrazin, E.OrudzhevSMP RacingBR Engineering/AER1m43.957s4.041s20
7LMP1H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der ZandeDragonSpeedBR Engineering/Gibson1m44.533s4.617s16
8LMP1O.Webb, R.BinderByKOLLES Racing TeamENSO CLM/NISMO1m44.770s4.854s17
9LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.DuvalTDS RacingORECA/Gibson1m46.122s6.206s32
10LMP2H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.RichelmiJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m46.855s6.939s26
11LMP2N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.ThirietSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson1m47.082s7.166s30
12LMP2J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.JeffriJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m47.385s7.469s28
13LMP2R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.DavidsonDragonSpeedORECA/Gibson1m47.760s7.844s21
14LMP2F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, VriesRacing Team NederlandDallara/Gibson1m48.650s8.734s29
15LMP2E.Creed, R.Ricci, Y.MoriLarbre CompetitionAlpine/Gibson1m50.929s11.013s27
16GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m56.852s16.936s20
17GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m57.523s17.607s28
18GTE ProR.Lietz, G.BruniPorsche GT TeamPorsche1m58.212s18.296s24
19GTE ProA.P.Guidi, J.CaladoAF CorseFerrari1m58.483s18.567s26
20GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche1m58.748s18.832s25
21GTE ProA.Lynn, M.MartinAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m58.770s18.854s25
22GTE ProM.Sorensen, N.ThiimAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m58.836s18.920s29
23GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari1m58.927s19.011s22
24GTE ProA.Farfus, A.F.da CostaBMW Team MTEKBMW1m59.122s19.206s24
25GTE AmG.Roda, G.Roda, M.CairoliDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche1m59.418s19.502s26
26GTE AmC.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.CampbellDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche1m59.623s19.707s26
27GTE AmM.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.DavisonGulf RacingPorsche1m59.676s19.760s24
28GTE AmS.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.EastwoodTF SportAston Martin1m59.693s19.777s28
29GTE ProM.Tomczyk, N.CatsburgBMW Team MTEKBMW1m59.754s19.838s15
30GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari2m00.180s20.264s26
31GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.FisichellaSpirit of RaceFerrari2m00.704s20.788s29
32GTE AmM.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.CheeverMR RacingFerrari2m01.042s21.126s28
33GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m01.067s21.151s23
34GTE AmJ.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.PerfettiTeam Project 1Porsche2m01.549s21.633s25

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